Lucknow: The BSP on Monday expelled former family
welfare minister Babu Singh Kushwaha, once a close confidant
of Mayawati who was removed from her cabinet in the wake of
the killing of two chief medical officers and the NRHM scam.
Accusing Kushwaha, who is also facing Lokayukta probe
and had created a stir by claiming threat to his life from
party leaders and bureaucrats, of indulging in anti-party
activities, BSP state president Swami Prasad Maurya said he
"failed to execute his responsibilities due to which two chief
medical officers were killed while he was the minister."
"Kushwaha in connivance with the opposition leaders was
conspiring against the government and the party. When Kushwaha
realised that he was landing in the legal net he started
apprehending threat from party colleague Naseemuddin Siddiqui,
cabinet secretary and principal secretary-home," he said.
Kushwaha was considered close to Mayawati and held family
welfare department before resigning from the post in April
this year following murder of two chief medical officers in
Lucknow, believed to be fallout of the National Rural Health
Mission (NRHM) scam.
Swamy said he "was conspiring against the party and the
government and has been expelled forever on charges of
indiscipline and indulging into anti-party activities."
He said that the party made him MLC twice and even gave
him the charges of important departments including Family
Welfare after forming the government.
"It is unfortunate that Kushwaha failed to execute his
responsibilities properly...," Maurya said.
The state president said that after such incidents his
resignation was taken and the department was given to
Siddiqui. The Chief Minister handed over the probe into the
death of two CMOs in family welfare department to the CBI.
"After resigning from the post, Kushwaha got involved in
anti-party activities and attempted to damage BSP," he said
and alleged that to save himself from CBI inquiry into NRHM
scam, he was in constant touch with the Congress.
"He did not attend the Winter Session of Assembly
and even instigated the opposition members to create din in
the House against the government. Whatever Kushwaha did was
for his personal interest and had nothing to do with the
movement of the party," Swamy said.
Kushwaha in a letter sent to CM and BSP supremo
Mayawati on November 17 had apprehended threat from his party
colleagues and some bureaucrats.
Kushwaha had sent copies of the letter dated November 17
to the Prime Minister, UP Governor, Chief Justices of Supreme
Court and Allahabad High Court, Director CBI and principal
secretary (home) Government of India.